The Waterford Wildcats have the "Convo" on their minds.
Waterford's boys basketball team will be looking to earn a visit to Ohio University's Convocation Center for the second straight year when they take on Trimble tonight for a Division IV sectional championship. The game will be played at Meigs High School with tip-off scheduled for 8 p.m.
Should they defeat the Tomcats, the Wildcats would get a return trip to the district tournament in Athens.
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Waterford’s Cody Paxton (center) goes in for a basket during a game against Federal Hocking last season.
"There's no doubt about it. They wanna get back to the Convo," said Waterford head coach Tom Simms.
"But we've got to be focused on taking care of Trimble (tonight.)"
Waterford played Trimble twice this season, splitting the pair.
The Wildcats won the first matchup on Jan. 3 at home by a 72-63 count. Tanner Pottmeyer scored 23 points and Wyatt Porter added 19 to lead Waterford. Post man Mycah Couch led Trimble with a whopping 32 points on 14-of-16 shooting, but only one other Tomcats player scored more than six points as Trimble's outside shooters failed to get going.
The second time around, Waterford was able to limit Couch to 10 points but could not stop the perimeter players in a 59-41 loss at Glouster. Jacobs Koons led the Tomcats with 16 points.
It raises the question - does Waterford zone in on stopping Couch or let him get his points and focus on the backcourt?
"We're gonna be aware of Couch," Simms explained, "but we're not gonna let the outside guys get out of control.
"Couch is their go-to guy on the inside, but on the outside they have multiple guys to be concerned about.
"We're gonna be prepared."
Waterford, co-champions of the TVC-Hocking Division, is currently 14-7 overall but coming off a 70-63 loss to Wahama to end the regular season. Simms said the 'Cats came out flat against the White Falcons but thinks his team will be ready for tournament action.
"I'm thrilled for the guys to get a conference championship. We've had a good (regular) season and now we want to make it a good second season."
Along with Pottmeyer and Porter, Waterford's probable starters are Eli Strahler, Cody Paxton and Trystan Crawford. Mitch Ginther, Jordan Welch, Garrett LeMasters and Brent Ginther will likely be the first players off the bench against the Tomcats (10-10).
As far as keys to victory, Simms listed controlling the pace of the game and taking care of the basketball.
"We have to manage the game and make it be our tempo," Simms said.
"We have to do all the little things and hopefully the little things turn into big things for us."